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Your depth of insight and explination of those insights is so immensly beautiful. You break down wisdom for us in such a way that is so easy to see the truth of what is there. Truly grateful for your words. Its like they clear the noise...
I too thank you for doing audio versions!
You trigger a laugh at my(self), Charles, and in that laugh is a joyful release.
Thank you so much Charles, I massively appreciate you doing the audios. It's incredibly difficult for me to take in written pieces and the audios allow me to hear your work and learn. Really so appreciative!! <3
thank you charles. beautiful touched my heart
Brilliant. Well done! x
Thank you Charles
I love being challenged with regard to my assumptions as to what is ‘right and good’. Thank you.
I’m enjoying reading you articles and then listening to them too.
Thanks for making audio versions. Helps so much. I enjoy listening more than reading these days.
That was lovely. I am grateful for your sweetness of thought. ^_^ (I'm serious!)
So much to ponder upon.. thank you, Charles. Earlier today I was blessed with a sincere gift of a helping hand and a kind word from a friend when I was feeling very low. It happened organically and wasn’t the least bit expected. That was an awe moment you just described. And I feel easy gratitude as a result.. thank you for pinpointing what gratitude is and what it isn’t. Yes, I am grateful that I am alive and healthy, and I remind myself daily.. but it is a little forced and it does reek of a bit of shame at the same time. What I felt with my friend, on the other hand, was genuine gratitude and it melted my heart.
Feeling love gratitude in my heart for your creations Charles.
I have been grateful but until I gave birth naturally to my second child I had never been truly humbled. Perhaps gratitude is the helping hand that gives you a step up on the ladder and humility is also the loving mamas hand that gently lowers you when you’ve gone too high. Same ladder. Same loving teacher.
thank you for this. the nuances are critical. i have a theory that podcasts and newsletters and tweets and captions are our way of immersing ourselves as humans have used sermon, scripture, oral history, painting, holy places and the like. once is not enough, we need a steady stream to keep us steady.
I just emailed this to Charles, but perhaps y'all have some thoughts as well, so I will humbly (!) place it here as well: hope you will address humility. I have been advised by an indigenous friend that I need to be more humble. Most people - when they say "I am humbled by ..." are full of shit because they say it when their ego has been enhanced. And it seems like you are either humble or not; I am not sure you can LEARN humility. But it is a self-awareness that helps me check my rather remarkable & unlikable sense of entitlement. Would appreciate your thoughts.